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Peek Inside The Maiden's Defender

Madeline Crawford is a ward of the king. Teàrlach MacGregor is a Highland warrior. A match made in heaven comes crashing down when Madeline is betrothed to another. Their perfect love is now forbidden.

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Training men to be ruthless soldiers is a skill at which Highlander Teàrlach MacGregor excels. After he rescues a ward of the king, the beautiful Lady Madeline Crawford, the fierce warrior begins to yearn for a cottage of his own in the Highlands, with the sweet, delicate Madeline as the mother of his bairns.

Madeline begins to see a side of Teàrlach that nobody else does. The strong, silent Highlander takes her to her first fair, teaches her to read, and bestows upon her a passionate kiss—her very first. But Madeline is informed that she is betrothed to another with the blessing of the king, making her and Teàrlach’s love forbidden.

Teàrlach vows to make Madeline his, even if that means defying the king.


"THE MAIDEN'S DEFENDER is a must read for lovers of medieval chivalry and romance!"- - Award winning author, Heather McCollum

“Teàrlach MacGregor.... swoon worthy!” –Kim r., Goodreads

I loved The Maiden's Defender by E. Elizabeth Watson. Medieval romances are my absolute favorite!” –Amanda R., NetGalley

“I adored the hero in this book - the tortured, self-sacrificing, honorable, fourth son Tearlach. He loves but will not allow himself to have that which "belongs" to another man, even if that man doesn't deserve the bonnie lass. Author E. Elizabeth Watson does a skillful job of ramping up the sweet agony of unrequited love until our hero unleashes his desire. Great read. Great writing. Great story-telling from Watson. I look forward to many more.” – Jennifer Trethewey, author of Tying the Scot

Chemistry and passion for days!” –Erika C., NetGalley

A very enjoyable and emotional read.” –Petula W., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633452
Series: The Ladies of Scotland, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 27, 2017
Page Count: 258
Imprint: amara next
Genre: highlander, historical
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits, right under your nose, ugly duckling

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By Alyssa November 30, 2018

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Maiden's Defender by E. Elizabeth Watson
Book Two of the Ladies of Scotland series
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Publication Date: November 27, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Purchased Kindle copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

Training men to be ruthless soldiers i ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review November 23, 2017

The Maiden's Defender by E. Elizabeth Watson is the story of Teàrlach MacGregor and Lady Madeline Crawford. Teàrlach once was Madeline's father guardsman so he has met Madeline before and had feelings for her. But when her father was sent to prison for some evil doings the King places Madeline in th ...more

By Cathy November 27, 2017

The Maiden’s Defender by E. Elizabeth Watson
Ladies of Scotland #2

Madeline Crawford is a mouse…a mouse that has learned to creep around without incurring the wrath of her father. She is nothing like her stronger sister who appeared in book one of this series. Well, Madeline finds herself as the ward ...more

By Jamie Lee November 27, 2017

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
It was a really lovely story and I really liked ithe story of Tearlach and Madeline .
It is very well written. ...more

By Amanda October 27, 2017

I loved "The Maiden's Defender" by E. Elizabeth Watson. Medieval romances are my absolute favorite and I keep hoping they make a comeback. Lady Madeline's evil father has been displaced and she has been taken pseudo hostage by the Scottish King. She has a ward, but lives alone with just two feeble s ...more

By Mari's Struggle is Real December 12, 2017

This is a new author for me and I am already a big fan. Madeline really transformed into a confident women throughout the book and I could feel the connection between her and Tearlach. I loved to read their interactions. They are one of my favorite fictional couples of 2017.
*ARC graciously provided ...more

By Bec December 06, 2017

Tearlach McGregor is the right man to train soldiers how to be ruthless, especially since he can take on a number of men and come out on top in a fight. But the moment he rescues Lady Madeline Crawford, Tearlach begins to wish his life could be different and he could give her the life she deserves i ...more

By Debbie November 25, 2017

Teàrlach MacGregor a ruthless soldier and skilled at training men. On his way to his next job he hears a woman crying for help and comes upon his former employer’s daughter the beautiful Lady Madeline Crawford. Madeline is sweet, kind, and very naïve and has been cowed by her father for most of her ...more

By books are love November 27, 2017

Received in exchange for a honest review

I love Tearlach. that is the sweetest guy under that tough exterior. How he is with Madeline just has you melt.

Here Madeline is free of the shackles of her father but no hindered by the Lord who the king is having take care of her. He is a horrible cheat. And ...more

By Janet November 25, 2017

4.25 stars
Training men to be ruthless soldiers is a skill at which Highlander Teàrlach MacGregor excels as a fourth son he has to make his own way. After he rescues a ward of the king, the beautiful Lady Madeline Crawford, she begins to see a side of Teàrlach that nobody else has witnessed. The stro ...more

By Sam December 08, 2017

Oh I absolutely loved this book. It was the kind of sweet that makes your toothache. Right from the first page I was drawn in and hooked. What was even better was how Madeline grew. She went from being this timid, quiet girl who never spoke up, to this powerful woman who went after what she wanted. ...more

By Eva November 27, 2017

the sequel to an earl for an archeress, the maiden's defender picks up on teàrlach macgregor's feeling for lady madeline crawford and gives them a chance to grow and blossom into something deep and meaningful and able to withstand any trial.

when teàrlach discovers maddie at the bottom of a ravine he ...more

By Coral November 27, 2017

What does highlander with nothing to his name but his skills to do when the lady he loves is betrothed to another?

I enjoyed this book with its simplicity. The plot is simple and straighforward but the way it is weaved with the character-driven story is seamless. The author really knows where to put ...more

By Laura November 27, 2017

What an enjoyable read this book was!I love Scottish based stories and this one hit the spot.Great characters,Tearlach whom I imagined looked like the cover model was a genuinely good guy and Maddie who got a raw deal in life because of her father needed to get ahea.Well paced book that had my full ...more

By Ann L November 27, 2017

This is a lovely story, well written and I was intrigued from the beginning, Madeline and Tearlach may have the same problems as many highland stories, but E Elizabeth Watson, has done a good job in making this her own. Getting back to them, their chemistry is wonderful, I couldn't wait to see if th ...more

By Adriana November 27, 2017

What an amazing book!!! I loved it!!! Teàrlach and Madeleine's story is fantastic!! I hope Robbie's story is next!!!!! ...more

By Petula November 18, 2017

Since her father's imprisonment Madeline Crawford has been under the guardianship of the King until he finds her a suitable husband. He sends money to High Sheriff Moreville to look after her. The Sheriff has his own agenda and is slowly putting things in place as he wants them.
Tearlach MacGregor o ...more

By Linda November 12, 2017

Tearlach has cared for Madeline since he was her father’s chief guardsman. Even though he soon learns that her father is a cruel, unworthy lord, he stays for Maddie’s sake, always keeping an eye out for her. But being the 4th son of a Scottish lord, Tearlach doesn’t think much of his prospects to wi ...more

By Tammy November 29, 2017

Tearlach is a warrior and trains men to be ruthless soldiers. When he rescues the Kings ward his mind turns to a wife and family but sees no chance in being with Madeline. Will he find a way to claim her as his own? I liked this Highlander read. The story is fast-paced with plenty of drama and the c ...more

By Sally Bossert November 28, 2017

This is a great book. I am enjoying historical love stories more than I thought I would. Learning about another time in history and the characters are fantastic. Each chapter is full of all emotions. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ...more

By Tamra January 01, 2018

I rarely give 4-stars to a love story. This book was really good though. Very impressive ...more

By T. Anderson October 27, 2017

I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book. The chemistry between Tearlach and Maddie is obvious - to everyone except them. He's admired her from afar for many years, but because of her beastly father he never even tries to speak with her. She notices ...more

By Jennifer November 02, 2017

I adored the hero in this book - the tortured, self-sacrificing, honorable, fourth son Tearlach. He loves but will not allow himself to have that which "belongs" to another man, even if that man doesn't deserve the bonnie lass. Author E. Elizabeth Watson does a skillful job of ramping up the sweet a ...more

By Kim October 23, 2017

Teàrlach MacGregor.... swoon worthy. Man of few words, but manages to win over Lady Madeline. She is living quietly with a few servants awaiting news of a betrothal from the King. She sees herself as weak and slow, but is none of those things. She has a core of steel inside her. Teàrlach sees it and ...more

By Linda March 21, 2018

This was the first time I can remember reading a Medieval Romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It features my favorite romance novel guy – a swoon-worthy protective hero. Who doesn’t love a sexy highlander?
Madeline is an uneducated yet smart and strong heroine. She started out as fairly meek and wit ...more

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E. Elizabeth Watson

About the author

E. Elizabeth Watson

E. Elizabeth Watson writes historical romance and lives in West Virginia with her sons, husband, and various pets. With degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology, Elizabeth instead began pursuing a career in fiction writing after earning an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Texas Observer short story completion, and making it to the quarter-finals in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Elizabeth is a member of RWA and Maryland Romance Writers. Join her newsletter at Follow her on Facebook @Author.E.Elizabeth.Watson. Find her on Twitter @AuthorEEWatson

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